Anonymous said: I'm 18 an 18 year-old from BC. I've been Goth since I was in 6th grade (if you count the horrendous babybat years). I want to dress more mature and more sophisticated. I love menswear. Any suggestions? And is the Goth scene still alive in Canada?
Hey! Everyone has to start somewhere, we won’t even talk about what I was like when I started high school (ok maybe we will).
I applaud you for making the effort though. I guess you could approach goth menswear from two angles: goth clothes that are stylish, or stylish clothes that you can ‘make’ goth. If you’re serious about the real sartorial side of things, I would stick to the latter. I follow a lot of fashion blogs on tumblr, and I pick up an issue of GQ from time to time. It’s useful to know what the trends are in menswear, and what I try to do is replicate them in darker palettes - you would be surprised how many shades of grey you can find.
If I can help it, I usually am slightly ‘dressed up’- collared shirts, vests or jackets most of the time. That’s just my thing, probably because I’m not very good at being fashionably casual.
At this point, probably 75-80% of my wardrobe comes from H&M. When it comes to introductory basics, you really can’t beat $7 v-necks and $18 dress shirts. They are usually pretty on trend, although it depends on the stores in your area. My local one has a bit too much of their casual lines, not enough dressy for my taste, but this is a great place to start. Just buy one of everything in black and grey. Mexx is also pretty well priced for the quality.
My approach to casual goth these days is mostly inspired by Asian street style, which has had an influence on designers like Boris Bidjan, Rick Owens et al. I shop sites like Virgin Blak and Gentlershop for drapey, slouchy kinds of tops. And being South Korean, they have sizes that fit impractically slim people like myself.
Hopefully that gives you a bit of direction. These are just my opinions, you may find something local that completely works for you. Shop the trendy menswear stores, and hunt for something that suits you - if you find one item each time you go, you’re doing fine.
PS. Goth is alive and well, although in my particular neck of the woods, we’re all spread a bit thin at the moment.
Julius SS ‘15
Friday Afternoon (by Oscar Arrsjo)
Afternoon Office look. #Suits
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Tween Spring/Summer 2014
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